Like her parents, Blue Ivy now an award-winning songwriter

Mesfin Fekadu

NEW YORK (AP) — At just seven, Blue Ivy Carter is an award-winning songwriter.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at Sunday’s Soul Train Awards for co-writing her mom’s hit Brown Skin Girl, a song celebrating dark- and brown-skinned women.

Ivy Carter gives a vocal performance that opens and closes the song, which also features Wizkid and Saint Jhn.

The Carters weren’t at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to accept the honour named after the legendary Motown songwriting duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Ivy Carter shares the win with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Saint Jhn and several other co-writers.

This week could get even better for Ivy Carter: Grammy nominations will be revealed soon and Brown Skin Girl could earn the young star her first Grammy nomination (Beyoncé has won 23 Grammys and Jay-Z has 22).

Brown Skin Girl — which features Beyoncé namedropping Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell and Kelly Rowland and singing lyrics like, “I love everything about you, from your nappy curls to every single curve” — was also nominated for best collaboration at the Soul Train Awards. Most of the top winners didn’t attend the show, and only three of the 12 awards were handed out during the live telecast: best female R&B/soul artist (HER), best new artiste (Summer Walker) and best gospel/international award (Kirk Franklin).

File photo shows Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce, at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. PHOTO: AP